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Hi I'm Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur

I'm a son, a big brother, a real nerd, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 years old and currently serving my mission in Alaska. I love writing and reading as well as acting and watching movies with friends. Right now I am half way done with writing my first book and hope someday to be a novelist. I'm a scuba diver, an eagle scout, and a wanna-be-martial artist. I'm also the first of 10 kids in my family. Right now I'm out here in Alaska, doing everything I can to share the gospel with God's children and set the example for my wonderful siblings. I'm in to serving God and I try to keep my heart where it really matters.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I truly believe that this is the only true church here on earth. I believe that so strongly that I was willing to earn my way to pay for my mission and give up 2 years of my life in the service of God so that other people can have what I have. I'm a Mormon because being a Mormon really isn't just being a "Mormon," its being a Christian. I'm a Mormon because I want to follow Christ, and I believe that this is his church, not Joesph Smith's, not Thomas S. Monson's, but truly the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day of my life. I try to keep the commandments as best I can, I try to be Christ-like to all those around me, and I pray and read my scriptures every day so that I can have a personal relationship with my father in heaven. More than this, I try to bring this to everyone around me, because what I have really matters, and I want everybody else to have it too.

In whom should we have faith?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
In God the Eternal Father, and in His son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
The Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Our church believes that without Priesthood authority we cannot govern God's church here on earth. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
At church we dress in nice shirts and ties for the men and dresses for the women. we celebrate all national holidays as well as Easter, Christmas, and all the usuals. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
baptisms for the dead are a way for us to give people who have passed on before us and may have never had a chance to be baptized or learn of Christ the choice to accept Christ as their savior. In our church we believe that it is when we are baptized that we accept Christ as our Savior and in turn promise him that we will take upon us his name, always remember him and strive to be more like him, and keep his commandments. because God loves his children so much, he wants to make this available to all of his children. he blesses us as members of his church to be able to assist in this work, so we strive to carry out that responsibility as best we can. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
Our doors are always open to everybody. In our services we have three meetings every day. the first is Sacrament meeting, where we partake of the sacrament (communion) and renew the promises we made at baptism. We also listen to talks during this meeting given to us from our own members who are given talk topics from our Bishops. During the second hour we split up according to age groups, and the adults go to one class and the kids and young-adults go to their own classes as well so that they can learn in an environment that best suits their needs. For the final class we split into men's and women's classes and are taught again according to our needs. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
This title is actually a nickname that was given to us from other churches, probably because our true name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is such a mouth full. The name comes from our belief in something called the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This is a sacred volume of scripture that we believe to be the word of God, and it is one of the things that defines us as a church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
This label usually arises from people who do not understand us, do not like us, or both. The basic belief is that we are 'weird' and not like other churches. Well, while it is true that we are not like any church on the face of the earth, namely because we believe in continuing scripture, continuing revelation, and in living prophets today, we are still a basically 'normal' people. We still go to movies, date, have jobs, go to school, talk about politics, and have all the talents and interests that 'normal people' have. We eat sleep, drink, and feel all of the same emotions as everybody else. But above all, we love God and we love our Savior Jesus Christ, and in all we do we try to honor them. So if that makes us 'weird' or a 'cult' then so be it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
Because we believe very strongly that that is what God really wants us to do. I think that many times people forget that the original Christian Church is a missionary church, and I can't remember God, Jesus, or any of the apostles since ever saying that it would stop being a missionary church. because we believe so strongly that we are the restored church we do everything that we can to bring it to all those around us. That is our call and that is our duty, but more than that if we truly love our brothers and sisters, if I truly loved you as I ought to, claiming to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, than I would do everything I could to bring the Gospel to you. That's why we are a missionary church. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Codi Alan Rakes Ruttenbur
The way I think that we can increase our faith in Jesus Christ is by studying his teachings and then by living them. First we need to read the scriptures and pray to God to gain a personal relationship with our Savior. Then we need to try to develop Christ-like attributes, such as love, charity, patience, virtue, and so forth. We follow his teachings and keep the commandments and then we will see the benefit of this in our lives. We will feel like we know him, because we're trying to become like him, and we will feel the spirit of God testify to us that we are on the right path. Show more Show less